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Wonder Woman's Secret Past



In the magazine this week, Jill Lepore investigates the female superhero’s feminist origins:

"It isn’t only that Wonder Woman’s backstory is taken from feminist utopian fiction. It’s that, in creating Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston was profoundly influenced by…

A book came in the mail today…

A cartoon by Paul Noth. Look through a slide show of more Roman-themed cartoons from our archive.


A cartoon by Paul Noth. Look through a slide show of more Roman-themed cartoons from our archive.

Enid’s MetaGarden: Enid vs. Flirting

Kyle, Enid on-again-off-again crush, appeared early in the comic, but I haven’t done much with him because I’d like to think Enid has better things to do than moon over a boy all the time. Lately I’ve tried bringing him back, though, because I think his character has potential to be something more meaningful than a crush. 

With this particular comic, I tried to hint at that potential by giving Kyle some mystery: Why was he arriving late to church? Why does he stare down Enid after her failed attempt at flirting? Why is he brooding like James Dean? I hope to explore the answers to these questions in later comics. 

I should probably note, too, that the spot where Enid is sitting in the first panel is based on a similar-looking spot at my own meeting house. Also, James Dean’s East of Eden is my favorite movie.



Enid’s MetaGarden: Enid vs. Trusting

The idea of Enid wishing she could time-travel and witness the First Vision had been bouncing around in my imagination a long time before Enid’s latest faith crisis gave me an opportunity to finally use it. I designed the comic to be a sequel of sorts to a much earlier comic, “Enid vs. Knowing,” which also features the First Vision and shares some similar themes. In that comic, I had tried to keep both words and images to a minimum. For this one, however, I wanted to place Enid in a much more detailed setting to underscore her desire for something more tangible and real.

From beginning to end, “Enid vs. Trusting” underwent only slight changes. I turned Enid around in the first panel so that readers could track the range of emotion in her face as she moves through the grove. Also, in the middle panel, which originally depicted young Joseph Smith having an epileptic seizure (one explanation non-believers have given to account for the vision), I revised it to address the Prophet’s different—and at times conflicting—versions of the vision. I felt both changes added a sense of movement to the comic that drew the reader’s eyes to the reaching figure of Joseph Smith.


Kate Beaton


And Earth Will Appear as the Garden of Enid

Tyler Chadwick’s notes on a recent Garden of Enid cartoon…

Sunday Comic: Nephi’s Comet